By Katerina Bezgachina, Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia public relations and media manager
In early September, Habitat for Humanity participated in the World Urban Forum to showcase our work in formulating regional housing strategies and shaping political debates. Habitat’s Europe and Central Asia area office was tasked with coordinating activities around the event, which was held in Naples, Italy.
The biannual World Urban Forum is the premier global conference on cities. The forum was established in 2002 by the United Nations to examine rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
In addition to an exhibition booth that was visited by many peer NGOs and research institutes, Habitat hosted a number of networking and training sessions with partner organizations. One of them — organized with the Inter-American Development Bank — focused on innovations and financing in neighborhood revitalization and incremental housing repairs. Another was a panel with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent that examined achievements and challenges in providing housing after major disasters.
Read more about the vital issues discussed at the most recent session of the World Urban Forum in this Habitat opinion piece  published by the Guardian.